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High schools try for top honors in Daytona State culinary showdown

DSC Foundation awarded over $3,000 in scholarships to top teams

Daytona State’s Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality and Culinary Management was ground zero this month for students from 15 area high schools who competed in a cook-off that had them stretching their know-how and creativity to prepare gourmet meals and edible centerpieces.

Teams of four from each high school had one hour using only two gas burners to prepare a gourmet meal. Others were tasked with preparing a table centerpiece during the event dubbed the Sharpen Your Skills Competition. 

Costa Magoulas, dean of hospitality and culinary programs at Daytona State, said the annual event hosted by the college helps students sharpen their skills as they prepare for the statewide and national competitions.

“It’s an excellent warm-up for the students,” he said. “The state competition can be very intimidating, so the experience the students get here is valuable.”

A team from Winter Park High School took top honors in the entré competition, followed by Middleburg High School in second and Daytona Beach’s Mainland High School in third.

Bayside High School came out on top in the edible centerpiece competition and Lake Minneola High School landed second place.

This year also featured a waiter relay, a timed competition that had teams assembling a formal table setting under a judge’s watchful eye. Keystone Heights High School won the event, with Bethlehem High School in second.

The Daytona State College Foundation awarded more than $3,000 in scholarships to the top teams in each category.

The Feb. 6 event served as a prelude to a statewide ProStart competition that kicks off later this month in Orlando. The state contest for high school culinary students leads to a nationwide ProStart competition in April, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF).

More than 95,000 students from 1,900 schools across the country participate in ProStart competitions every year. Those who complete the program requirements earn an industry-recognized certificate of achievement and are eligible for NRAEF scholarships and course credits at more than 75 of the country’s leading hospitality and culinary arts colleges and universities, including Daytona State College.


{Feb. 9, 2015}


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Last updated: 2015-02-10T18:58:50.364Z